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Every time I am forced to put something in recycling, I think of how that actually means dumping it in my home region, SE Asia
The only reliable way to recycle is to eliminate plastic as far as possible.
Plastic recycling is a failed idea, and a pollutant of the developing world.
Below are some excerpts from Part 2 of a carefully thought-out plan for our future from Steve Genco (@sjgenco). You can read my post about Part 1 here -- https://climatejustice.social/@breadandcircuses/111545392722768770
Currently, degrowth scholars are focusing on how policy decisions, if implemented soon enough and widely enough, might avoid a disastrous descent. As much as I respect and admire this impressive body of work, my argument is that this is unlikely to be successful, because resistance to change is still significantly greater than the pain the system is inflicting on its primary beneficiaries.
Until that equation changes (and it will change), I don’t believe the world is ready to accept the radical transformations that degrowth scholars have identified, even though these transformations are the only path by which we can realistically put our civilization on a more sustainable footing once we have lost the magical elixir of fossil fuels.
Given that degrowth is more likely to emerge *within* the climate crisis, rather than as a deliberate strategy to avoid the climate crisis, we can expect degrowth’s three primary goals to be achieved somewhat differently than much of the degrowth literature to date anticipates.
Those goals, introduced in Part 1 (https://www.resilience.org/stories/2023-12-05/why-we-need-to-grow-an-ecosocialist-party-in-america-part-1/), are:
⒈ Abandon growth of gross domestic product (GDP) as a goal.
⒉ Scale back destructive and unnecessary forms of production to reduce energy and material use.
⒊ Focus economic activity around securing human needs and well-being.
If there is one unshakeable principle underlying our current devotion to capitalist growth, it is that size of financial return is the only valid criterion for making an investment decision. If that return comes at the cost of boiling the oceans or putting billions of people at risk of starvation, that is not the investor’s concern.
I believe the end of growth will finish off much of this opposition to degrowth policies, by virtue of deflating the political and economic power of those most responsible for the obstruction we see today. Only when climate change and resource depletion have rendered growth impossible will governments be ready to entertain new ways to protect the health and wellbeing of their citizens.
Today, the political stage in most western democracies is occupied by three main groups: (1) deregulation-obsessed billionaires, science deniers, and oil-industry boosters on the right, (2) a hodge-podge of “green growth” advocates in the middle who believe we can swap in renewables for fossil fuels and continue growing as in the past, and (3) a small coterie of progressives on the left who believe inequality also needs to be addressed as a contributing factor, but still embrace ongoing growth as an attainable goal.
Currently, there is no room on this stage for degrowth or post-growth advocates who see growth as the problem, not the cure, and identify over-consumption and carrying-capacity overshoot as equally important threats to human civilization. Accordingly, when degrowth ideas hit the mainstream in these countries, it’s much like a fly hitting an electric fly catcher. Pffft.
Over time, this will change. As the world gets hotter and more ecologically damaged, demand for better solutions will increase and radical change will become more acceptable to a struggling populace. When that day arrives, and previous occupants of the world’s political stage have scattered in disarray, the Ecosocialist Party must be ready to step up and provide the answers humanity needs.
My main concern with Steve's thesis is that by the time the climate crisis gets bad enough for the world to consider this proposed new direction, it might already be too late for any sort of complex society to survive. I hope I'm wrong about that. But in any case, I'm extremely grateful to Steve for providing us with all this valuable food for thought.
Our Mastodon friend Steve Genco (@sjgenco) offers some excellent ideas on how we might move *forward* into a better world. ...
Here are the assumptions to start from. If you don’t agree, there is no point in reading any further. You are not operating in the same universe of evidence and facts that I am.
⚠️ It’s going to get hotter, at least 2.0°C above preindustrial temps, possibly 3.0°C or more.
⚠️ The weather is going to get more unpredictable and extreme.
⚠️ Natural disasters are going to arrive at greater and greater frequency.
⚠️ Economic inequality (income and wealth) is going to get worse.
⚠️ We will continue depleting the natural world.
⚠️ The effects of climate change will be unevenly distributed around the planet.
⚠️ Fossil fuels will become financially and energetically unprofitable, ending our temporary Age of Oil sometime in the middle of this century.
What our leaders’ current vision of the future does not include — indeed, what it loudly denies — is the reality of over-consumption and overshoot in the wealthy Global North. In other words, the dominant mental model that rules our imaginations today denies that our rapacious capitalist appropriation of the planet’s natural resources is unsustainable. It denies that overshoot is real, and that it can only end in resource depletion, product and food shortages, out-of-control inflation, rationing, and eventually, a total collapse of our carbon-powered consumption and waste-driven world economy.
Clearly, a vision/mental model that denies the reality of the damage it inflicts on our planet can provide no viable first steps for how to move beyond the pain it produces. Indeed, it denies that any such steps are necessary. Instead, it offers Business As Usual with some tinkering around the edges — a few EVs here, a wind farm there, “green growth”, and promises to clean it all up with magical carbon capture technologies sometime later in the century.
Most politicians operating in the Global North today could never embrace an alternative to economic growth. Even the most passionate climate-focused politicians, like Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State, are still wedded to the idea that any pro-environmental policies must allow for — indeed, stimulate — the continuation of economic growth.
This is a fundamental assumption underlying the “Green New Deal” concept promoted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others. It also underlies every other “Green Growth” initiative. “Growth” is even in the name.
That's just a short excerpt from Part 1, the first of two long articles laying out Steve's proposals. I'll provide excerpts from Part 2 in my next post (https://climatejustice.social/@breadandcircuses/111545515488399652).
I really hope you will take the time to read and think about what Steve is suggesting. Those of us who can see that our modern industrial society is in danger of collapse are often criticized for not offering any solutions. That's not true, of course. We have many important and constructive ideas. Let's spread the word.
2023 is the warmest year in human history
We can now say this with complete certainty (barring an asteroid hitting in the final three weeks of 2023)
2023 has now had six record breaking months and two record breaking seasons (June-November).
The super-rich are killing us. Not just figuratively, but literally.
Climate change is overwhelmingly a problem of wealthy people. The wealthiest 1% of humanity produce over 1,000 times the emissions of the poorest 1%. In fact, these 77 million people are responsible for more climate-changing emissions than the poorest 66% (5 billion people) of humanity.
Since 1990, the personal emissions of the world’s wealthiest have exploded. They are now 77 times larger than the level that would be compatible with a 1.5°C warming limit.
Who are these super-polluters? The richest 1% are billionaires, millionaires and people earning over US$140,000 (£110,000). The threshold to join the rarefied club of the top 10% is US$41,000 (£32,000), including most of the middle class in wealthier countries.
But the super-rich are responsible for climate change well beyond consumption-based emissions. The super-rich, by and large, run major companies, direct investments and shape national and international laws. They have an oversized and controlling impact on our media and public opinion, including through advertising and ownership of media outlets. And they directly shape policy through lobbying and paid-for influence.
While their money and power make them overwhelmingly responsible for climate change, they are also insulated from the worst impacts. They are less affected by increased food prices and climate disasters, can afford insurance and to move from one place to another, and have greater resources to draw on in times of crisis.
It is the poorest – those least responsible for climate changing emissions – who suffer the most. They suffer higher losses, live in the most impacted regions, and have little to no access to savings, public support or welfare when crisis strikes. They are also least able to exercise their rights as they are the least powerful and less well represented politically.
It would take approximately 1,500 years for someone in the bottom 99% to produce as much carbon as a single billionaire does in a year.
The choice is very simple. Either we can have a livable biosphere or we can have billionaires. But we can't have both.
Shame, shame, shame on the organizers of #COP28...
At least 2,456 fossil fuel lobbyists have been granted access to the COP28 summit in Dubai, signalling an unprecedented presence at crucial climate talks from representatives of some of the world’s biggest polluters, according to a new analysis from the Kick Big Polluters Out (KBPO) coalition.
Alexia Leclercq of Start:Empowerment says, “Do you really think Shell or Chevron or ExxonMobil are sending lobbyists to passively observe these talks? To advance climate solutions for the benefit of communities whose air and water they pollute? To put people and the planet over profit and their greedy dollars? Big Polluters’ poisonous presence has bogged us down for years, keeping us from advancing the pathways needed to keep fossil fuels in the ground. They are the reason COP28 is clouded in a fog of climate denial, not climate reality.”
In a year when global temperatures and greenhouse gas emissions shattered records, there has been an explosion of fossil fuel lobbyists heading to UN talks, with nearly four times more than were granted access last year.
“2023 was a year like no other. Record temperatures, record levels of emissions, and now we see a record attendance from Big Polluters at UN climate talks. The window to preserve a liveable planet is rapidly closing. At the same time, ever greater numbers of Big Polluters are allowed to roam around this summit,” said Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan of Climate Action Network International.
Climate activists disrupt archbishop’s Mass in Turin
Climate activists in Italy over the weekend disrupted a Mass celebrated by Turin Archbishop Roberto Repole, with the demonstrators reading from Pope Francis’ works on the environment during the incident
Activists with the climate group Extinction Rebellion appeared at the Turin Cathedral on Sunday during the archbishop’s Mass there, according to the Italian newspaper la Republicca
#climate #ClimateStrike #Turin #Italy
Climate Good News #COP28
Greenland banned oil exploration FOREVER
India dropped all new Coal Development, transferred cash to batteries
Biden Approves 6th Offshore Windfarm
VP Harris announces 3 Billion Climate Aid tio nations at #cop28
America declares an END TO US COAL powered electricity systems. No new plants, Old plants offline in 12 years
Heat Pumps Free in US, paid by taxing wealthy corps.
Portugal ran on renewable energy for six days straight.
The military & oil industry are financing the hoax about man made climate change, because they get water for fracking by Climate Control!
My latest just out today in @sciencemagazine: "The costs of “costless” climate mitigation," joint with Matt Kotchen & James Rising.
IPCC, McKinsey, energy-systems models & climate-economic ones have quite a bit of disagreement around what it costs to cut emissions.
The biggest disagreement: how much of it is free, and what does "free" mean.
Or more to the point, what does it take to get the free stuff actually done. (Hint: It takes policy.)
In the words of Taylor Swift, I will never, ever ever ever shop or buy anything at Home Depot for the remainder of my life. Ever ever ever.
BREAKING Via Laffy & CREW, Citizens for Ethics:
"HomeDepot donates 1 million to Election Deniers"
"Home Depot’s Billionaire Founder Says He’ll Fund Trump... Even If He’s Convicted"
Cancel Home Depot Into Bankruptcy. Gone.
Most world leaders will be jetting in to COP28 to discuss the detrimental effect of too much flying (and other polluting activities) on the planet. Today's cartoon by Stellina Chen. More cartoons: https://cartoonmovement.com/search?query=&sort=created&order=desc
Left to themselves, the majority of consumers in the Global North will *never* make all the adjustments that are required. We are in urgent and desperate need of bold leadership, but we’re not getting it.
"Climate change is happening, so why do we still act like it's not?"
Climate researchers initially assumed that if you gave people the right information, we would act on it. Burning fossil fuels comes with severe consequences — so let's phase out fossil fuels. But they found out very quickly this was not the case.
For many people, it triggered cognitive dissonance, where they knew climate change was happening but acted like it wasn't. After all, many people still smoke, even though they know it is bad for their health. And many of us still fly to Italy — even though we know how many extra tons of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere.
Why is it so easy to understand but not act?
It's because of public and private narratives we have grown up with. Our expectations of life are geared towards wanting comfort and stability.
FULL ARTICLE -- https://phys.org/news/2023-11-denial-climate.html
Jeff #Bezos pledged four years ago that Amazon would lead the way on #carbon reduction. Since then, the firm’s emissions have risen by 40 percent — and its use of creative accounting suggests that the real figure is far higher.
Egypt is struggling with water scarcity and shrinking arable land. Is soilless farming the answer?
It's expected to be categorised as water scarce by 2025, due to climate change and a dam recently built by Ethiopia on one of the main tributaries of the River Nile, Egypt’s main source of fresh water
Meanwhile, arable land, which constitutes less than 5 per cent of Egypt, has been shrinking due to urbanisation. The remaining 95 per cent is all desert
Penny wise, pound foolish. A new UN report has found that today’s carbon-cutting policies are so inadequate that 3C of heating would be reached this century. Today's cartoon by Daniel Boris. More cartoons: https://cartoonmovement.com/search?query=&sort=created&order=desc
Hello! I’m a professor of planetary science based at Harvard, interested in rocky planet evolution, #climate, habitability, and related topics.
Finally decided to get a social media account and Mastodon seemed like a logical choice right now. Looking forward to figuring out what this site (or sites??) is all about…
Saturday, 18 November 2023, was a day that will be remembered in history — if, that is, any historians are still around a hundred years from now.
On Saturday, two days ago, the average global temperature reached 2.0° Celsius above the pre-industrial baseline for the first time ever.
This year, 2023, almost certainly will be the first full year with temperatures averaging over 1.5°C, and next year could be even hotter. Most climate experts predict (and hope) that when the current El Niño pattern recedes, global temperatures will cool down a bit and we should experience a few years below 1.5°C. It is possible, however, that other feedbacks might kick in and keep temperatures climbing. We'll just have to wait and see.
But meanwhile, it's Business As Usual! 😃
🔁 Earth42morrow (@Earth42morrow)
Aerial view of the devastation unleashed by heavy rains and flooding in #Somalia that has killed dozens, displaced hundreds and trapped thousand of people in their homes
🕐 08/11 16:21
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Thanks to human-caused climate change, thanks to the continuous suicidal burning of fossil fuels, and also thanks to the current El Niño phenomenon, our oceans are heating up dangerously fast.
A few days ago (3 Nov), the global sea surface temperature anomaly reached a new record high of almost six standard deviations. For the mathematicians among us, that actual figure was 5.94σ.
According to Prof. Eliot Jacobson, who prepared the graphs below, no other day in any year has ever come close to this anomaly.
🚨 We are in a climate emergency. 🚨
Exceptional October temperatures!
The anomaly for October 2023 (departure from average temperatures) is
the second largest anomaly (after September 2023)
of any month
of any year
in the ERA dataset (back to 1940)
and combining with IPCC data - the warmest October for over 125,000 years (AR6 WG1: Fig2_11)
October 2023 was around 1.7ºC above the preindustrial average, making it virtually certain that 2023 will be the warmest year on record
💥VÍDEO DE LA ACCIÓN CONTRA MCDONALDS💥
Basta de alimentar el genocidio
Viva #Palestina libre
Just Stop Oil: 100 arrests as protests shut down Whitehall - as group hits out at cenotaph 'lies'
Just Stop Oil slow marchers shut down Whitehall on Monday, with the group saying at least 130 members were arrested
United Nations warns ‘Bitcoin has concerning impacts on climate, water, and land’
The examine examined the actions of 76 Bitcoin mining nations throughout the 2020–2021 interval. Throughout this timeframe, the worldwide Bitcoin mining community consumed 173.42 Terawatt hours of electrical energy, putting it twenty seventh on this planet if it had been thought of a rustic, forward of populous nations like Pakistan
Según la cuenta de #Instagram de McDonald's en Israel "Nuestros equipos trabajan duro para seguir donando miles de comidas a nuestros héroes"
Basta de alimentar el genocidio.
Viva Palestina libre.
Greta Thunberg says:
"Leaving capitalist consumerism and market economics as the dominant stewards of the only known civilization in the universe will most likely seem, in retrospect, to have been a terrible idea."
That's from page 202 in “The Climate Book.”
by Benjamin Franta, October 28, 2021
"Back in 1979, #Exxon had privately studied options for avoiding #GlobalWarming. It found that with immediate action, if the industry moved away from #FossilFuels and instead focused on #renewable energy, fossil fuel pollution could start to decline in the 1990s and a major #ClimateCrisis could be avoided.
"But the industry didn't pursue that path. Instead, colleagues and I recently found that in the late 1980s, Exxon and other oil companies coordinated a global effort to dispute #ClimateScience, block fossil fuel controls and keep their products flowing.
"We know about it through internal documents and the words of industry insiders, who are now beginning to share what they saw with the public. We also know that in 1989, the fossil fuel industry created something called the Global Climate Coalition—but it wasn't an environmental group like the name suggests; instead, it worked to sow doubt about climate change and lobbied lawmakers to block clean energy legislation and climate treaties throughout the 1990s.
"For example, in 1997, the Global Climate Coalition's chairman, William O'Keefe, who was also an executive vice president for the American Petroleum Institute, wrote in the Washington Post that 'Climate scientists don't say that burning oil, gas and coal is steadily warming the earth,' contradicting what the industry had known for decades. The fossil fuel industry also funded think tanks and biased studies that helped slow progress to a crawl."
@cketchamwild @theintercepthttps://theintercept.com/2023/10/29/william-nordhaus-climate-economics/ #climate #climatechange
"A hurricane gutted a city of one million, leaving no food or water and the dead to rot."
"One would think that an unprecedented category-five windstorm that flattened a resort city of one million people on Mexico’s Pacific coast might be mentioned at least below the fold of mainstream media cable and print outlets. In general, it has not."